SCHOOL OF NURSING GRADUATE PROGRAM STUDENT HANDBOOK

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SCHOOL OF NURSING

GRADUATE PROGRAM STUDENT HANDBOOK

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

School of Nursing Organizational Chart... 4

Statement of Graduate Nursing Program Revision ...5

Notice of Nondiscrimination...6

Wilkes University: Mission, Vision, Values, Accreditation Statement ...7

School of Nursing: Mission, Vision, Philosophy, Accreditation Statement ...9

Alma Mater ...12

Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) ...13

Master of Science with Major in Nursing (MS) ...16

RN-MS Program ...21

Post Graduate/ APRN Certificate Programs ...22

Policies Academic Advisement ...26

Academic Standing and Dismissal...26

Admission ...2

Anti-Harassment (including sexual harassment) ...28

Clinical Clearance Requirements ... 32

Clinical Dress Code ...36

Conduct of Students in Clinical Settings ...37

Course Attendance Clinical and Didactic ...37

Course Technology Integration ...38

Degree and Graduation Completion Requirements ...38

Expectations for Distance Education ...39

Fees ...40

Governance ...41

Grading Policy ...41

Graduate Disciplinary Process Flowsheet ...42

Grievance Policy/Internal Complaint Procedure ...43

HIPPA ...44

Intellectual Responsibility and Plagiarism...44

Leave of Absence ...47

National Certification Examination ...47

Proctor Now ...47 Professionalism ...47 Program Change...48 Residency Requirements ...48 Scholarly Project ...48 Social Networking ...49

State Authorization and Registration ...50

Student Conduct ...50

Student Enrollment Status...51

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Withdrawal from Course...52

Student Services Disability/Disability Support Service ... 54

Financial Aid Resources ... 54

Help Desk ...54

Library ... 54

Writing Center ...54

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SCHOOL OF NURSING

ORGANIZATIONAL CHART

DEAN GRADUATE DEPARTMENT UNDERGRADUATE DEPARTMENT CHAIR, UNDERGRADUATE NURSING PROGRAM DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL & SIMULATION LEARNING CHAIR, GRADUATE NURSING PROGRAM SIMULATION COORD. CLINICAL PLACEMENT COORD. COORD. STUDENT AFFAIRS COORD. FACULTY PROGRAM COORD. FACULTY ABD COORD. REM/RET COORD. LPN/BS COORD. RN-BS COORD. CLINICAL COURSE COORD.

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STATEMENT OF GRADUATE NURSING

PROGRAM REVISION

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WILKES UNIVERSITY

OUR MISSION:

To continue the Wilkes tradition of liberally educating our students for lifelong learning and success in a constantly evolving and multicultural world through a commitment to individualized attention, exceptional teaching, scholarship and academic excellence, while continuing the university’s commitment to community engagement.

OUR VISION:

Wilkes University will provide exceptional educational experiences that transform students and develop innovations through scholarly activities that lead to national recognition and shape the world around us.

OUR VALUES:

Mentorship: Nurturing individuals to understand and act on their abilities while challenging them to achieve great things.

Scholarship: Advancing knowledge through discovery and research to better educate our constituents.

Diversity: Embracing differences and uniqueness through sincerity, awareness, inclusion and sensitivity.

Innovation: Promoting creative scholarly activities, programs, ideas and sustainable practices. Community: Appreciating and collaborating with mutual respect to foster a sense of belonging.

INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

The students will develop and demonstrate through course work, learning experiences, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities.

• The knowledge, skills, and scholarship that are appropriate to their general and major field areas of study;

• Effective written and oral communication skills and information literacy using an array of media and modalities;

• Practical, critical, analytical, and quantitative reasoning skills;

• Actions reflecting ethical reasoning, civic responsibility, environmental stewardship, and respect for diversity; and

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ACCREDITATION:

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SCHOOL OF NURSING

MISSION

The mission of the School of Nursing is to develop professional practitioners of nursing that provide quality health care in multicultural environments, promote interprofessional

collaboration, engage in lifelong learning, expand nursing science, and serve the community with intelligence, compassion, respect, and integrity.

VISION

The vision of the School of Nursing is to be the recognized leader in nursing education that prepares professional nurses to engage in scholarly activity and guide nursing practice with meaningful contributions to clinical prevention, population health, and healthcare policy development.

Baccalaureate nursing students are prepared to meet the challenges of clinical practice in an increasingly complex healthcare environment through evidenced-based practice.

 Graduate students are prepared to assume diverse health care and leadership roles and contribute to the advancement of nursing science as expert scholars, practitioners, educators and executives.

PHILOSOPHY

The Wilkes University School of Nursing, consistent with the mission of the University, is committed to educating our students for lifelong learning and success in a constantly evolving and multicultural world through a commitment to individualized attention, exceptional teaching, and academic excellence and to upholding the Wilkes’ tradition of community service. The School of Nursing supports the University’s core curriculum, which includes a broad spectrum of courses designed to stimulate the student’s intellectual, personal and social development.

The educational program in nursing prepares students to deal with the complexities of a dynamic profession and society. The nursing faculty identifies human beings, environment, health, and nursing as the major concepts of the curriculum. This philosophy expands on the conceptual meanings of these ideas.

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The environment is multidimensional, dynamic, and integral to human beings and their response patterns. It encompasses the biological, physical, psychological, sociocultural, political, and economical experiences of people. Human beings experience the environment as individuals, families, and communities who share common beliefs and values. The environment, thus, affects and effects change in the patterning of both people and itself.

Health is a dynamic state of being which can be depicted on a wellness-illness continuum. A person’s position on the continuum is a result of that person’s interrelationship with the environment; movement along the continuum is reflected in the person’s response patterns. Optimum health is uniquely experienced as that point on a wellness-illness continuum which reflects the maximum level of wellness that can be achieved.

Nursing is a human science which focuses on people, their environment, and their health. It is characterized by interaction between the nurse and the client; is directed toward identifying human response patterns to the environment; and takes place to assist individuals, families and communities to meet human needs through promoting, maintaining, and restoring health and preventing illness. Whenever actual or potential threats to a client interfere with the ability to meet human needs, and/or whenever a client desires assistance in maintaining optimal health, nurses intervene through a deliberative process of assessment, analysis, planning,

implementation, and evaluation.

Within the legal and ethical parameters of the profession, the nurse assumes the roles of

practitioner, advocate, teacher, researcher, and leader to provide health care to clients in a variety of settings. The professional nurse functions interdependently with members of the health team in collaborative relationships wherein each profession contributes according to its knowledge base, skills, and focus.

The nursing faculty believes that learning is a continuous process throughout the life span. It is achieved in direct proportion to the needs, interests, and resources of the individual learner and is measured by change in behavior. The process of learning is sequential and deals in the

cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains. The teacher is responsible for providing quality learning experiences, sharing information, and maintaining a climate conducive to learning. The learner is responsible for acquisition of knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to the practice of professional nursing. The teacher and the learner interact to explore and develop an

understanding of the relationship among theory, research, and practice. This interaction facilitates critical thinking, fosters professional practice and, ultimately, contributes to the development of nursing.

The baccalaureate programs for nursing prepare a beginning self-directed professional

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upon the integration of knowledge from the humanities, the physical and social sciences, nursing theory, and applied research. Entry level nursing education facilitates political awareness and the development of personal and professional standards, and provides the basis for graduate study in advancing nursing practice. The Graduate Program in nursing builds upon

baccalaureate education and is designed to prepare nurses for advancing nursing practice. Graduates have advanced skills in the roles of direct client care provider, consultant, educator, researcher, collaborator and manager. The emphasis in the master’s program is on the

development of clinical and professional expertise in healthcare communities. The master’s program serves as basis for doctoral study in nursing. The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a practice-focused, terminal degree that prepares nurses with scientific inquiry to become leaders in advancing nursing practice. Graduates demonstrate application of scholarship and research for solving complex health problems through translation of research in clinical practice and

integration and dissemination of new knowledge for improving health outcomes.

SCHOOL OF NURSING ACCREDITATION

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ALMA MATER

Words and Music by Eleanor C. Farley

Wilkes, our Alma Mater, We pledge our hearts to

thee, Honor, faith, and courage, Truth and loyalty.

In our work as in our pleasure

Guide us as a friend; We shall always love thee,

Loyal to the end. Thou shalt lead us onward In search of finer things. May we find the wisdom That

thy spirit brings. May our deeds of love and

service

Ever swell thy fame — Wilkes, we stand to greet

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DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE (DNP)

PURPOSE

The distance education program leading to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Wilkes University is linked to the mission statements of the University and the School of Nursing as well as, AACN’s definition of advanced nursing practice. The doctoral program focuses on two primary elements: applied research and clinical practice. These two elements are embedded in courses throughout the program with opportunities to apply acquired knowledge to clinical practice in the students’ respective fields for improving safety and quality in health care organizations.

DNP PROGRAM OUTCOMES

The DNP Program at Wilkes University prepares students to:

1. Apply scientific inquiry and information technology to become leaders in advancing nursing practice.

2. Demonstrate application of scholarship and research for solving the nation’s complex health problems.

3. Translate evidence based research into clinical practice.

4. Integrate and disseminate knowledge for improving patient and population health outcomes. 5. Engage in health care policy.

DNP STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students in the DNP Program at Wilkes University will:

1. Synthesize nursing science to manage complex health problems and improve health outcomes in advanced nursing practice.

2. Develop and evaluate knowledge and skills in organizational and systems leadership to improve health care practice and policy.

3. Critically analyze information technology, research methodology, quality improvement methodology to implement the best evidence based practice.

4. Design and analyze patient care technology and information systems to enhance quality of health care delivery.

5. Evaluate health care policies to improve health care policy outcomes at the local, state, and national levels.

6. Employ specialized knowledge and leadership skills when collaborating and leading other inter-professional health care teams in complex health care delivery systems.

7. Analyze health disparities, cultural diversity, environmental and societal needs in the care of individuals, aggregates, and populations.

8. Develop, demonstrate, and sustain advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking and accountability to implement and evaluate evidence based care disparities, cultural diversity, environmental and societal needs in the care of individuals,

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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Regular Acceptance

 Master of Science in Nursing degree-advanced practice nurse or nurse executive concentrations

 GPA of 3.5 or higher from master’s-degree-granting institution

 RN License; and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) License and national board certification, as appropriate

 Completed application and CV

 Proof of completion of a minimum of 400 supervised clinical practice hours during advanced practice registered nursing or nurse executive master's program or post-graduate certificate program Verification of completed hours must be provided by the School of Nursing where the clinical hours were completed and must be submitted on official school letterhead. Transcripts are not considered official verification and will not be accepted as verification.(Please note: The DNP degree requires completion of a total of 1000 clinical hours earned during master's/post-graduate certificate, and the DNP program)

 Two letters of recommendation

 Official transcript from degree-granting institution

Provisional Acceptance (collateral)*

 Master of Science in Nursing degree-advanced practice nurse or nurse executive concentrations

 GPA of 3.5 or higher from master’s-degree-granting institution

 RN License; and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) License and national board certification, as appropriate

 Completed application and CV

 Proof of completion of a minimum of 400 supervised clinical practice hours during advanced practice registered nursing or nurse executive master's program or post-graduate certificate program Verification of completed hours must be provided by the School of Nursing where the clinical hours were completed and must be submitted on official school letterhead. Transcripts are not considered official verification and will not be accepted as verification.(Please note: The DNP degree requires completion of a total of 1000 clinical hours earned during master's/post-graduate certificate, and the DNP program)

 Two letters of recommendation

 Unofficial transcript from degree-granting institution*

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Conditional Acceptance (academic)**

 Master of Science in Nursing degree-advanced practice nurse or nurse executive concentrations

 GPA of 3.0-3.49 from master’s-degree-granting institution

 RN License; and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) License and national board certification, as appropriate

 Completed application and CV

 Proof of completion of a minimum of 400 supervised clinical practice hours during advanced practice registered nursing or nurse executive master's program or post-graduate certificate program Verification of completed hours must be provided by the School of Nursing where the clinical hours were completed and must be submitted on official school letterhead. Transcripts are not considered official verification and will not be accepted as verification.(Please note: The DNP degree requires completion of a total of 1000 clinical hours earned during master's/post-graduate certificate, and the DNP program)

 Letter of Intent addressing reason for pursuing DNP, reason for GPA less than 3.5 in graduate studies, and steps student will take to ensure successful completion of DNP program

 Three letters of recommendation

 Official transcript from degree-granting institution

**Admitted students must achieve a 3.0 GPA in first two courses to move forward in program of study

DNP CORE

Courses are 8 weeks in length*

NSG 600 Nursing Informatics 3 credits NSG 601 Biostatistics 3 credits NSG 602 Ethical Principles for Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credits NSG 603 Application of Nursing Research 3 credits NSG 604 Epidemiology and Environmental Health 3 credits NSG 605 Collaboration in Health Care Delivery 3 credits NSG 606 Diversity and Social Issues 3 credits NSG 607 Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credits NSG 608a* Scholarly Project 3 credits NSG608b* Scholarly Project 3 credits *NSG 608 a and b are completed over the last 2 courses in the DNP program.

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MASTER OF SCIENCE WITH MAJOR IN NURSING (MS)

PURPOSE

The purpose of the distance education Master of Science with Major in Nursing at Wilkes University is to prepare the Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Executive, Nursing Educator, and Informatics Nurse Specialist for advancing nursing practice. The demand is growing for master’s degree nurses who are innovative and clinically focused. This multidisciplinary program provides a foundation for further study in nursing and continued professional

development. Graduates are eligible for national certification in their respective concentration.

MASTER OF SCIENCE WITH MAJOR IN NURSING PROGRAM OUTCOMES

The Master of Science with Major in Nursing program at Wilkes University prepares students to: 1. Engage in lifelong learning in a constantly evolving and multicultural world.

2. Demonstrate competence in the development of scientific inquiry relevant to clinical practice, administration, or education.

3. Utilize leadership strategies that foster improvement of patient and population health. 4. Advance nursing practice by translating evidence in a variety of roles and areas of practice. 5. Improve healthcare outcomes through interprofessional collaboration.

6. Participate in lifelong learning as a part of advancing nursing practice.

MASTER OF SCIENCE WITH MAJOR IN NURSING STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students in the Master of Science with Major in Nursing program at Wilkes University will: 1. Synthesize advanced knowledge of nursing and related disciplines for the development of advanced nursing practice in the roles of the Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Executive, Nursing Educator, and Informatics Nurse Specialist.

2. Develop expertise in the Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Executive, Nurse Educator, and Informatics Nurse Specialist roles to advance nursing practice.

3. Develop skills and abilities to assume leadership roles in advanced nursing practice. 4. Evaluate nursing research for its applicability to advance nursing practice.

5. Evaluate applicable knowledge and concepts in nursing to deal with the complexities of a dynamic society.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Regular Acceptance

 GPA of 3.0 or higher from an associate’s-(for RN to MS program) or baccalaureate- (for full MS program) degree-granting institution

 RN License

 Completed application

 Resume

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 Official transcripts from degree-granting institution

Provisional Acceptance (collateral) *

 GPA of 3.0 or higher from an associate’s- (for RN to MS program) or baccalaureate- (for full MS program) degree-granting institution

 RN License

 Completed application

 Resume

 Minimum one year of clinical experience

 Unofficial transcript from degree-granting institution*

* Official transcripts from degree-granting institution due prior to start of second course

Conditional Acceptance (academic) ** (NP students are not admitted under conditional acceptance)

 GPA between 2.5-2.99 from an associate’s- (for RN to MS program) or baccalaureate- (for full MS program) degree-granting institution

 RN License

 Completed application

 Minimum one year of clinical experience

 Resume

 Official transcripts from degree-granting institution

 Letter of Intent (must include reason for pursuing MS degree and reason GPA is less than 3.0)

 Two letters of recommendation (letters of recommendation must be from supervisors and/or those who can attest to candidate’s ability to be successful in graduate nursing education)

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CURRICULUM

Graduate Nursing Core (24 Credits)

NSG 500 Advanced Health Assessment 3 credits NSG 501 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science 3 credits NSG 502 Advanced Nursing Research 3 credits NSG 504 Advanced Role Development in Nursing 3 credits NSG 505 Health Policy and Politics for Advancing

Nursing Practice 3 credits NSG 530 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 credits NSG 533 Advanced Pharmacology 3 credits NSG 590 Scholarly Review* 3 credits

*Students in the Post Graduate Certificate Programs have an option to complete (1) billable credit of national certification preparation.

CONCENTRATIONS

NURSE PRACTITIONER STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students in the Nurse Practitioner program at Wilkes University will:

1. Synthesize theoretical, scientific, and clinical knowledge in providing comprehensive, evidence-based care.

2. Perform comprehensive health history and physical examination to diagnose health conditions involving critical analysis, differential diagnosis, and data interpretation. 3. Assume leadership roles in collaboration with other health professionals to achieve optimum patient health.

4. Integrate health care policy as it impacts the decision-making ability to provide quality patient care.

5. Negotiate healthcare delivery systems to promote quality health outcomes for individuals, communities, and organizational systems.

6. Coordinate care for patients with complex conditions through referrals and collaboration. 7. Participate in life-long learning through higher education, continuing education, certification and evaluation.

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (16 Credits)

NSG506 Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology 3 credits Clinical I

NSG515 Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology 3 credits Clinical II

NSG550 Diagnostic Reasoning for Nurse 2 credits Practitioners

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Populations

NSG554 Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care I 3 credits NSG555 Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care II 3 credits

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (18 Credits)

NSG526 Clinical Modalities in Advanced 3 credits Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

Practice

NSG527 Psychopathology, Theories, and Advanced 3 credits Clinical Modalities

NSG535 Advanced Practice in Psychiatric/Mental 3 credits Health Nursing I

NSG536 Advanced Practice in Psychiatric/Mental 3 credits Health Nursing II

NSG550 Diagnostic Reasoning for Nurse 2 credits Practitioners

NSG551 Mental Health Perspectives of Culturally 2 credits Diverse, Rural, and Underserved

Populations

NSG552 Psychopharmacology 2 credits

NURSE EXECUTIVE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students in the Nurse Executive program at Wilkes University will:

1. Examine innovations for leadership and management to meet the challenges in delivering quality health care.

2. Critically analyze the challenges and issues facing nurse executives for maintaining healthcare workforces.

3. Discuss the role of the nurse executive as a leader in advancing nursing practice. 4. Apply evidence based practice as an organizational leader in redesigning

healthcare delivery systems.

Nurse Executive (15 Credits)

*Theory courses are 8 weeks and practicum courses are 16 weeks in length.

NSG 560 Healthcare Operations for the Nurse 3 credits Executive

NSG 561 Organizational Leadership for the Nurse 3 credits Executive

NSG 562 Advanced Leadership Topics for the 3 credits Nurse Executive

NSG 563 Nurse Executive Practicum I 3 credits

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NURSING EDUCATION STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students in the Nursing Education program at Wilkes University will:

1. Analyze theoretical and evidence-based research specific to nursing education.

2. Develop expertise in education assessment, teaching/learning strategies, evaluation and testing.

3. Design a curriculum that addresses a dynamic complex nursing environment.

4. Demonstrate leadership abilities through classroom and clinical teaching in a variety of community agencies.

Nursing Education (15 Credits)

*All courses are 8 weeks in length

NSG540 The Nursing Curriculum: Development 3 credits and Implementation

NSG541 Teaching Methodologies and Strategies in 3 credits Nursing

NSG542 Evaluation in Nursing Education 3 credits NSG544 Classroom Practicum in Nursing Education 3 credits NSG545 Clinical Practicum in Nursing Education 3 credits

NURSING INFORMATICS STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students in the Nursing Informatics program at Wilkes University will:

1. Discuss the role of the informatics nurse specialist for advancing nursing practice. 2. Apply informatics nurse specialist competencies as a nursing leader on healthcare

organization, interprofessional teams.

3. Integrate nursing knowledge and technology for improving patient quality of care. 4. Demonstrate an ability to incorporate data analysis and management techniques for

achieving efficiency and quality in healthcare organizations.

Nursing Informatics (15 credits)

*All courses are 8 weeks in length

NSG565 Foundations of Nursing Informatics 3 credits

NSG566 Data Management in Healthcare 3 credits NSG567 Nursing Informatics Leadership in Healthcare

Systems and Project Designs 3 credits

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RN-MS PROGRAM

PURPOSE

This distance education program is designed for the experienced, practicing registered nurse with a nursing-focused associate’s degree (AAN or ASN) who plans to earn a career-enhancing advanced nursing degree to the master’s level. The curriculum starts with two bridge courses totaling 10 credit hours, which bring the student to the baccalaureate level of study. * A pass-through bachelor's degree in nursing is not granted as part of this program. After completing these bridge courses, students continue in completing a concentration for completion of the Master of Science with a Major in Nursing degree of their choice (see Master of Science with a Major of Nursing section of the handbook).

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 See the Master of Science with Major in Nursing admission requirements above.

CURRICULUM

Courses are completed in 8 week or 12 week sessions based upon the master’s concentration chosen. The two bridge courses include:

NSG 290 Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing 7 credits NSG 347 Leadership and Management Practicum 3 credits

The total number of credits required for completion of the RN-MS nursing degree is based upon the concentration chosen (see Master of Science with a Major of Nursing section of the

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POST-GRADUATE/APRN CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

PURPOSE

This distance education program is designed for the experienced registered nurse who has earned a master’s or doctoral degree in Nursing and seeks to expand their education in a new specialty area. Certificate programs are offered in all concentrations available in the Master of Science with Major in Nursing degree program. Graduates of our accredited online certificate programs are eligible to sit for national certification exams. A review of official transcripts will determine a student’s course of study. No degree is awarded.

Students admitted to the nurse practitioner program who have previously taken an Advanced Pharmacology course are advised to contact their State Board of Nursing to determine if their Pharmacology course meets the criteria set by State Board for length of time that is allowed from taking the course to the date of applying for prescriptive privileges.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Regular Acceptance

 Master of Science in Nursing or Doctoral degree in Nursing

 GPA of 3.0 or higher from master’s-degree-granting institution

 RN License; and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) License and national board certification, as appropriate

 Completed application

 Resume

 Minimum one year of clinical experience

 Official transcript from degree-granting institution

Provisional Acceptance (collateral) *

 Master of Science in Nursing or Doctoral degree in Nursing

 GPA of 3.0 or higher from master’s-degree-granting institution

 RN License; and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) License and national board certification, as appropriate

 Completed application

 Resume

 Minimum one year of clinical experience

 Unofficial transcript from degree-granting institution*

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Conditional Acceptance (academic) ** (NP students are not admitted under conditional acceptance)

 Master of Science in Nursing or Doctoral degree in Nursing

 GPA of 2.50-2.99 from master’s-degree-granting institution

 RN License; and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) License and national board certification, as appropriate

 Completed application

 Resume

 Minimum one year of clinical experience

 Official transcript from degree granting institution

 Letter of Intent addressing reason for pursuing post-graduate certificate, reason for GPA less than 3.0 in graduate studies,

 Two letters of recommendation (letters of recommendation must be from supervisors and/or those who can attest to candidate’s ability to be successful in graduate nursing education)

** Admitted students must achieve a 3.0 GPA in first two courses to move forward in program of study

Student outcomes for each of the following concentrations can be found in the Master of Science with Major in Nursing section of this handbook.

Students in the Post Graduate/APRN Certificate Programs have an option to complete (1) billable credit of national certification preparation in NSG 590: Scholarly Review.

Adult –Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (25 Credits)

*All courses are 12 weeks in length

NSG500 Advanced Health Assessment 3 credits

NSG530 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 credits

NSG533 Advanced Pharmacology 3 credits

NSG506 Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology 3credits Clinical I

NSG515 Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology 3 credits Clinical II

NSG550 Diagnostic Reasoning for Nurse 2 credits Practitioners

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Diverse, Rural, and Underserved Populations

NSG554 Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care I 3 credits NSG555 Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care II 3 credits

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (27 Credits)

*All courses are 12 weeks in length

NSG500 Advanced Health Assessment 3 credits NSG530 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 credits

NSG533 Advanced Pharmacology 3 credits

NSG526 Clinical Modalities in Advanced 3 credits Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nursing

Practice

NSG527 Psychopathology, Theories, and

Advanced Clinical Modalities 3 credits NSG535 Advanced Practice in Psychiatric/ 3 credits Mental Health Nursing I

NSG536 Advanced Practice in Psychiatric/ 3 credits Mental Health Nursing II

NSG550 Diagnostic Reasoning for Nurse 2 credits Practitioners

NSG551 Mental Health Perspectives of Culturally 2 credits Diverse, Rural, and Underserved

Populations

NSG552 Psychopharmacology 2 credits

Nurse Executive (24 Credits)

*Theory courses are 8 weeks and practicum courses are 16 weeks in length.

NSG500 Advanced Health Assessment 3 credits

NSG530 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 credits

NSG533 Advanced Pharmacology 3 credits

NSG 560 Healthcare Operations for the Nurse 3 credits Executive

NSG 561 Organizational Leadership for the Nurse 3 credits Executive

NSG 562 Advanced Leadership Topics for the 3 credits Nurse Executive

NSG 563 Nurse Executive Practicum I 3 credits

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Nursing Education (24 Credits)

*All courses are 8 weeks in length

NSG500 Advanced Health Assessment 3 credits NSG530 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 credits

NSG533 Advanced Pharmacology 3 credits

NSG540 The Nursing Curriculum: Development 3 credits and Implementation

NSG541 Teaching Methodologies and Strategies in 3 credits Nursing

NSG542 Evaluation in Nursing Education 3 credits NSG544 Classroom Practicum in Nursing Education 3 credits NSG545 Clinical Practicum in Nursing Education 3 credits

Nursing Informatics (24 credits) *All courses are 8 weeks in length

NSG500 Advanced Health Assessment 3 credits NSG530 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 credits NSG533 Advanced Pharmacology 3 credits

NSG565 Foundations of Nursing Informatics 3 credits

NSG566 Data Management in Healthcare 3 credits NSG567 Nursing Informatics Leadership in Healthcare

Systems and Project Designs 3 credits

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Policies

ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT

Each graduate nursing student is assigned an academic Advisor. Students are responsible for contacting the advisor with any academic issues encountered. The advisor is responsible for timely responses to the student and for providing guidance with meeting program requirements. The student and advisor collaborate ongoing and develop a plan to meet the student’s individual learning needs. Students enrolled in the Nurse Executive and Nurse Education programs are assigned an advisor from the Students Services Team.

ACADEMIC STANDING AND DISMISSAL

Individual programs/departments may have more stringent academic progression requirements than those prescribed by the general policies.

In order for a student to maintain good academic standing in graduate programs, the student must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at and after the point of completing 10 credits in his/her

respective program. The 10 credit probationary allowance provides a student the opportunity to demonstrate his/her academic ability. After completing 10 credits, a graduate student whose GPA drops below a 3.0 will be dismissed from his/her respective program. Students who are dismissed may retake a course or courses, with the next course offerings, as a non-degree

student, which provides for the opportunity to replace one or more of their deficient grades. If the student is successful in moving his/her GPA above the 3.0 level, he/she may re-apply for acceptance into his/her program.

Only courses with grades below a 3.0 may be taken for grade replacement. If a student elects to take a course for grade replacement, the higher grade earned will be counted in the calculation of the GPA. Courses may be repeated for grade replacement only one time. For example, if a student earns a 2.0 and replaces the grade and earns a 2.5, the higher grade (2.5) would be used in the GPA calculation Note: Students must also meet all degree requirements in addition to maintaining an acceptable GPA.

Students on conditional (academic) acceptance must achieve a 3.0 GPA in first two courses taken to move forward in the program of study.

Program-specific academic progression requirements exist for students enrolled in nurse practitioner (NP) programs.

In addition to maintaining an overall 3.0 GPA after the probationary period, students in NP concentrations must achieve a minimum of a 3.0 course grade in each of the following NP specialty courses:

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Students are allowed to have one NP specialty course grade below a 3.0. Students who receive 2 grades below a 3.0 in an NP specialty course will be dismissed from the program and not

permitted to reapply. No grade replacement is allowed for NP specialty courses.

Students with poor NP clinical performance, supported by clinical evaluations of faculty and preceptors, are dismissed from the program and unable to reapply.

Students who withdrawal from a theory course, while concurrently taking a clinical course, must withdrawal from the clinical course at that time, also. Completed clinical hours taken in the clinical course from which a student withdraws will not apply to the total required clinical hours for graduation from the NP program.

A student who is dismissed from the graduate program may request a review of the case by the Graduate Studies Committee. The request should be submitted in written form to the Dean of the School of Nursing, who will coordinate with the Graduate Studies Committee.

ADMISSION

It should be noted that individual graduate programs retain the right to impose more rigorous conditions on students who have been admitted. Such conditions, if imposed, will be detailed in the letter of admission sent to the student.

Regular admission is granted to students who have completed all requirements of the

application process and who have demonstrated an acceptable level of academic work in their undergraduate degree program, including meeting program-specific, minimum GPA

requirements and demonstrating preparedness for work at the graduate level in their field of specialization.

Provisional admission is granted to students who have not satisfied general or academic

admissions requirements including missing documentation or insufficient prerequisite

coursework for regular admission. Some graduate programs may allow a provisionally admitted student to begin graduate work before or simultaneously with completion of admissions

deficiencies. Individual programs will determine the maximum number of graduate credits a provisional student may complete. Upon completion of the designated, maximum number of graduate credits, a provisionally admitted student will either be granted regular admission or denied admission into a graduate program. Under extraordinary circumstances a student may petition the Chair of the Department, as applicable, for an extension to the number of allowable credits.

Conditional admission is granted to students who have demonstrated inadequate scores or

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Rejection will be used in cases when a student fails to meet the general or academic admissions

requirements of the individual program of study.

Cancellation. Applicants who have not fully completed the admissions process, and who have

not yet started taking academic classes, will have one year to complete their application file. Should the process not be completed within that timeframe, the application will be cancelled one year after the date of application.

Additionally, students who have completed the admissions process and received a decision, but have not yet started taking academic courses, will have their applications cancelled one year after the date of acceptance. Students who are still interested in an academic program thereafter will be required to reapply to the program.

Non-Degree Students

Individuals who are interested in completing credits for transfer to another university or for personal enrichment only need to complete a non-degree application and send a copy of their undergraduate transcript. The non-degree application will be cancelled after the maximum number of credits is reached. The graduate nursing program allows students a maximum of 6 credits taken as a non-degree student for transfer. Non degree student status does not guarantee acceptance into a graduate nursing program. A formal review process for acceptance is

conducted.

ANTI-HARASSMENT (INCLUDING SEXUAL HARASSMENT)

Wilkes University strives to provide an academic, work and living environment free from

harassment where students, faculty, staff and all members of the University community can work and learn together without fear or intimidation. This policy prohibits any unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identification/ expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, domestic partnership status, veteran status or any other protected group status. While this policy provides examples, it does not cover all possible situations or circumstances related to harassment which include, but are not limited to:

• Offensive written or spoken words

• Offensive physical actions such as, obscene hand or finger gestures

• Offensive graphic communication such as, explicit or obscene drawings, illustrations, cartoons or posters

• Any unwelcome physical contact

• Situations involving a guarantee or implied promise of special treatment or negative consequences

• Any behavior that creates a threatening, hostile or offensive work or educational Environment, or unreasonably interferes with a person's academic or work performance

• Sexual harassment of any kind as described below

Sexual Harassment

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free from sexual harassment by any member of the University community. Harassment on the basis of sex is a violation of Section 703 of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Sexual harassment can generally be defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and/or any other visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Any unwelcome sexual advances (verbal or physical), requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature are considered sexual harassment when: submitting to or participating in the conduct is either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or educational achievement; or the conduct interferes with or is intended to interfere with

academic or work performance; or if the conduct creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational or work environment.

This definition includes many forms of offensive behavior including, but not limited to: • Sexually suggestive physical contact

• Touching in any unwelcome fashion • Requests for sexual favors

• Offers of employment or academic benefits in exchange for sexual favors

• Direct or indirect threats of retaliation for refusal to comply with a sexually oriented request

• Sexual gestures or indecent exposure

• Displaying, storing, or transmitting pornographic or sexually suggestive material on University equipment

• Displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures, cartoons or posters • Verbal or written sexual comments, suggestions or propositions • Sexually degrading remarks or comments about another’s body

• Suggestive or obscene letters, notes, invitations, e mails and/or text messages • Any other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature

If you feel you are a victim of sexual harassment the following actions are suggested. 1. Say ”no” to the offender. Make it perfectly clear that you do not approve.

2. Keep a record of the harassment, being certain to include the date, time and place. 3. Save any applicable evidence: “love notes,” messages, etc.

4. Be certain to note if there are any witnesses. 5. Report the incident and seek support.

Reporting Procedures

Students reporting or raising concerns about harassment can do so without fear of reprisal or retaliation. Retaliation against a person who files a complaint of discrimination, participates in an investigation, or opposes a discriminatory educational practice or policy is prohibited by

University policy, and by state and federal law.

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University has designated a Title IX Coordinator and a Deputy Coordinator to serve as advocates on behalf of individuals wishing to make a claim of sexual harassment.

All members of the campus community who suspect, are aware of and/or receive an employee report of alleged sexual or other harassment involving a student must immediately contact the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

Filing a Formal Complaint (For Students)

To resolve alleged violations to any aspect of this policy promptly and equitably, Wilkes University has implemented the following internal complaint procedure:

•Formal complaints must be submitted to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy IX Coordinator as soon as possible but no later than sixty (60) calendar days following the date the grievant is aware of an alleged discriminatory action.

•The formal complaint must be filed in writing and contain the complainant’s name, address and contact information.

•The formal complaint must clearly illustrate the alleged issue/discriminatory action and the remedy or relief sought.

•Upon receipt of the formal complaint, the University’s Title IX Coordinator or Title IX Deputy Coordinator will conduct an investigation. This investigation will provide all individuals

involved with the opportunity to submit evidence relevant to the complaint.

•Upon request of the grievant, the University will make every effort ensure the complainant’s confidentiality to the extent possible. If the University cannot ensure the complainant’s confidentiality, the grievant will be notified.

•Within thirty (30) calendar days of filing, the University’s Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator will issue the complainant a written decision. In extenuating circumstances, the Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator has the right to extend this timeline and will so notify the parties involved.

•The complainant may appeal the decision by writing to the Vice-President for Student Affairs within seven (7) calendar days of receiving the Coordinator’s decision.

•The Vice President for Student Affairs will issue a final written decision on the appeal no later than thirty (30) calendar days after it is filed.

•At any point during the formal process, the complainant has the right to file a complaint with the appropriate state or federal agency. If requested, the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator will direct the complainant to the appropriate agency.

Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct in any form will not be tolerated at Wilkes. The University has in place: programs to educate the campus community regarding prevention and issues surrounding sexual misconduct; training programs for staff and faculty to provide student victims with direction for assistance; conduct policies and procedures to adjudicate cases involving sexual misconduct; and, most importantly, support systems for victims.

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programs or activities. Sexual misconduct, as defined in this policy, is a form of sexual discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

In order to make the Sexual Misconduct Policy understandable, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and sexual assault are defined below. These terms are not mutually exclusive.

Sexual Harassment: Any unwelcome sexual advances (verbal or physical), requests for sexual

favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature are considered sexual harassment when: submitting to or participating in the conduct is either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or educational achievement; or the conduct interferes with or is intended to interfere with academic or work performance; or if the conduct creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational or work environment.

Sexual Misconduct: Includes non-consensual sexual intercourse, non-consensual sexual contact,

sexual exploitation, partner violence, stalking and any other behavior of a sexual nature that is non-consensual and used for the purpose of coercing, intimidating or threatening another person. Sexual misconduct can occur between people of the opposite sex or people of the same sex. Sexual Assault: A person commits sexual assault when that person engages in sexual intercourse or deviate sexual intercourse with a complainant without the complainant's consent.

Additionally, for the purposes of this policy, sexual assault includes the deliberate touching of a person’s intimate parts (including genitalia, groin, breast or buttocks), or using force to cause a person to touch his or her own or another person’s intimate parts.

If you are a victim of sexual assault, or witness to a sexual assault • Get the victim to a safe place as soon as possible • Seek immediate medical attention

- For life-threatening situations call 911

- For non-life-threatening situations contact the Public Safety Office at 570-408-4100 or the Student Affairs staff person on duty at: (570) 362-8346. • Preserve any evidence

• File a report with the Office of Student Affairs or the Office of Public Safety

Support Services

Wilkes University offers support services to individuals who experience sexual assault which include, but are not limited to the following:

•Accompaniment to the hospital (if desired) by a Student Affairs professional

•Access to ongoing information including criminal and University policy options as well as support and advice from campus and/or off campus counselors. Please note that information shared with campus and off campus counselors is confidential; however, alleged sexual assault cases brought to the attention of the University through non- confidential sources must be investigated. Efforts will be made to honor confidentiality but cannot be guaranteed. •Academic support services

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•Protection from retaliation. Retaliation against a person who files a complaint or participates in an investigation is prohibited by University policy, and by state and federal law.

•A full explanation of the investigation adjudication process (including timelines, hearing procedures, and the appeals process)

•Access to a Title IX officer. The Title IX officer will serve as an impartial observer to assist students with any questions or concerns that they may have beginning from the time immediately following the assault, through the investigation and to the outcome of hearings and appeals.

CLINICAL CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS

Students are responsible for arranging clinical experiences and submitting in a timely manner all appropriate paperwork, selecting preceptors or mentors, and completing the required Certified Background clinical clearance process. Students may not choose family members for preceptors or mentors. Graduate nursing faculty follow the university SON policy for violations found on background checks. Each finding is evaluated on an individual basis. However, healthcare organizations can deny students access to clinical rotations based upon violations noted in background clearances, in spite of university policy. Specific student, preceptor or mentor, and faculty criteria exist for each concentration.

Clinical Requirements for Nurse Practitioner Students (MS, RN-MS, and post graduate APRN certificate programs)

Students in the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care and Psychiatric/ /Mental Health nurse practitioner concentrations are required to secure a clinical preceptor for all clinical courses.

Student requirements:

 Complete and submit the Clinical Agency and Preceptor/Mentor Form (available on the graduate nursing web

site- http://www.wilkes.edu/academics/graduate-programs/masters-

programs/nursing/nursing-ms/graduate-nursing-clinical-requirements.aspx) along with supporting documents as required to the specialty specific, clinical concentration coordinator. Forms must be

submitted by April 1st for fall semester and September 1st for spring semester to assure completion of clinical contracts. A student will not be enrolled in a clinical course if the clinical contract is not on file with the University by Sunday 11:59 PM ET prior to the start of the Monday clinical course.

 Initiate a profile in Certified Background, 4 months prior to the start of the clinical experience, which includes a comprehensive list of

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course if Certified Background information expires during the semester, after the student begins clinical, and the student does not update the information.

The site for Certified Background can be located at https://www.certifiedbackground.com/

 Meet additional agency requirements related to the practicum experience that exceed those required by the School of Nursing (OSHA, HIPAA, training).

 Obtain nurse practitioner student professional liability insurance.  Attend a clinical Residency for direct supervision and evaluation by

nurse practitioner faculty or be prepared for an onsite visit by nurse practitioner clinical faculty for evaluation of NP competencies. Each course syllabus dictates the terms of the specific course Residency and clinical expectations.

Preceptor requirements:

 Hold a graduate degree

 Educated in a clinical area which he/she is teaching or providing supervision or be extensively clinically experienced in those areas.  Licensed in his/ her State and nationally board certified (advanced

practice nurses) or board eligible (as appropriate, physicians) to practice in his/her population-focused area or specialty area of practice.

 Provide a copy of current State licensure and/or verification statement, national board certification (advanced practice nurses), board eligible (as appropriate, physicians), and curriculum vita.

Graduate nursing clinical faculty requirements:

 Grant/discuss approval of clinical preceptors by the Graduate Clinical Concentration Coordinator, after completion of a comprehensive vetting process.

 Availability to clinical preceptors, as needed.

 Provide oversight of clinical preceptors during each clinical course.  Communicate with preceptors a minimum of one time per semester; this

can be done face to face or via telecommunication.

Practicum Requirements for Nurse Executive, Nursing Education, and Nursing Informatics Students (MS, RN-MS, post graduate certificate programs)

Students in the Nurse Executive, Nursing Education, and Nursing Informatics concentrations need to secure a clinical preceptor for all practicum courses. Student requirements:

 Students will receive an email from their student services advisor

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 Upon receipt of this email, students are required to initiate a profile in Certified Background at https://www.certifiedbackground.com/ which includes a comprehensive list of requirements for practicum clearance (some clearances can take a minimum of 3 months to receive).  Additionally, within TWO WEEKS of receipt of this email, students are

required to submit the following documentation:

a. Signed Clinical Agency and Preceptor/Mentor Form (form may be downloaded at

http://www.wilkes.edu/academics/graduate-programs/masters-programs/nursing/graduate-nursing-forms.aspx) b. Copy of Preceptor’s Curriculum Vitae

c. Copy of Preceptor’s RN license (if preceptor is an APRN, submit a copy of this license and national board certification as well)

 A student will not be enrolled in a practicum course if the clinical contract is not on file with the University course and requirements for Certified Background are not met by Sunday 11:59 PM ET prior to the start of the Monday clinical. Students will be disenrolled from the course if Certified Background information expires during the semester, after the student begins practicum, and the student does not update the

information.

 Meet additional agency requirements related to the practicum experience that exceed those required by the School of Nursing (OSHA, HIPAA, training).

Preceptor requirements:

 Hold a graduate nursing degree

 Educated in the area which he/she is teaching or providing supervision or be extensively clinically experienced in those areas.

 Licensed in his/ her State and hold appropriate credentials.

 Provide a copy of current State licensure and/or verification statement and curriculum vita.

Graduate nursing clinical faculty requirements:.  Availability to preceptors, as needed.

 Provide oversight of clinical preceptors during each practicum course.  Communicate with preceptors via telecommunication, a minimum of one

time per semester.

Clinical Requirements for RN-MS (NSG 347)

Students in NSG 347 need to secure a preceptor for this clinical course. Student requirements:

 Students will receive an email from their student services advisor approximately 4 months prior to the start of NSG 347.

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Certified Background at https://www.certifiedbackground.com/ which includes a comprehensive list of requirements for clinical

clearance (some clearances can take a minimum of 3 months to receive).  Additionally, within TWO WEEKS of receipt of this email, students are

required to submit the following documentation:

a. Signed Clinical Agency and Preceptor/Mentor Form (form may be downloaded at

http://www.wilkes.edu/academics/graduate-programs/masters-programs/nursing/graduate-nursing-forms.aspx) b. Copy of Preceptor’s Curriculum Vitae

c. Copy of Preceptor’s RN license (if preceptor is an APRN, submit a copy of this license and national board certification as well)

 A student will not be enrolled in the clinical course if the clinical contract is not on file with the University course and requirements for Certified Background are not met by Sunday 11:59 PM ET prior to the start of the Monday clinical. Students will be disenrolled from the course if Certified Background information expires during the semester, after the student begins clinical, and the student does not update the information.

 Meet additional agency requirements related to the practicum experience that exceed those required by the School of Nursing (OSHA, HIPAA, training).

Preceptor requirements:

 Hold a minimum of a bachelor degree in nursing.

 Educated in the area which he/she is teaching or providing supervision or be extensively experienced in those areas.

 Licensed in his/ her State as an RN and hold appropriate credentials.  Provide a copy of current State licensure and/or verification statement

and curriculum vita.

Graduate nursing clinical faculty requirements:  Availability to preceptors, as needed.

 Provide oversight of clinical preceptors during each practicum course.  Communicate with preceptors via telecommunication, a minimum of one

time per semester.

Clinical Requirements for DNP Students

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Students in the BS-DNP program complete clinical hours according to the concentration chosen. These clinical hours can be applied towards the 1000 clinical hours required for completion of the DNP degree.

Student requirements:

 Students will receive an email from their student services advisor approximately 4 months prior to the start of NSG 608a. Upon receipt of this email, students are required to initiate a profile in Certified Background at

https://www.certifiedbackground.com/ which includes a comprehensive list of requirements on health clearance.

 Additionally, within TWO WEEKS of receipt of this email, students are required to submit the following documentation:

a. Signed Clinical Agency and Preceptor/Mentor Form and Graduate Nursing Clinical Initiation Form (forms may be downloaded at

http://www.wilkes.edu/academics/graduate-programs/masters- programs/nursing/nursing-ms/graduate-nursing-clinical-requirements.aspx)

b. Copy of Mentor’s Curriculum Vitae

c. Provide a copy of mentor’s current State licensure and/or

verification statement, national board certification (advanced practice nurses), board eligible (as appropriate, physicians)

Clinical mentor requirements:

 Supervise student clinical hours while in Scholarly Project (NSG 608a and 608b).

 Hold graduate degree in area of expertise.

 Licensed in his/her State and be nationally board certified (advanced practice nurses) or board eligible (physicians) to practice in his/her population-focused area or specialty area of practice.

 Provide a copy of current State licensure and/or verification statement, national board certification (advanced practice nurses), board eligible (as appropriate, physicians), and curriculum vita.

Scholarly Project Chairperson requirements:

 Grant approval of clinical mentors after completion of a comprehensive vetting process.

 Availability to clinical mentors, as needed.

CLINICAL DRESS CODE

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code policy will result in clinical failure.

CONDUCT OF STUDENTS IN CLINICAL SETTINGS

Students are required to:

 Wear a clean, pressed, white lab coat (not required for PMHNP clinical) over

professional business attire in clinical settings, as per the Clinical Dress Code policy in this handbook, when representing Wilkes University.

 Wear a Wilkes University ID badge in clinical settings, when representing Wilkes University.

 Practice personal hygiene and grooming of a standard that ensures the safety and comfort of clients; this includes minimal jewelry and makeup; no perfumes or scented lotion; hair neatly secured away from face; and neat short fingernails.

 Arrive in clinical areas with all the required equipment (e.g., stethoscope, watch, mobile devices for reference etc.) necessary for providing patient care.

 Arrive in clinical areas on the negotiated dates and times.

 Limit cell phone and mobile devices to professional use only for accessing evidence based practice applications. Texting and answering personal calls is unacceptable during the negotiated clinical hours.

 Adhere to all HIPPA guidelines of patient confidentiality, including discussion of patient encounters on social media networks. Students violating patient confidentiality on

social networks are at risk for immediate dismissal from the Graduate Program. Faculty members have the right to remove a student from a clinical area if, in the faculty member’s judgment, the student presents an unprofessional appearance or in any way is a threat to patient safety or comfort.

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hours by week 12 will lead to students receiving a failing grade on the clinical log. Failure of these assignments/evaluations and/or clinical log will result in a course failure and immediate termination from the program. The completion terms for these clinical hours are as outlined.

COURSE TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION

Students are responsible for the compatibility of the hardware of their computer systems with Wilkes University technology requirements. Please see the following link for further information:

http://wilkes.edu/academics/graduate-programs/grad-campus-life/technology-resources.aspx

DEGREE AND GRADUATION COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

Students may be awarded the master's or doctoral degree upon satisfactory completion of all graduate degree requirements and the following specific requirements:

1. A completed file;

2. Full admission into a graduate program;

3. Satisfactory completion of all requirements for the degree to be from the date of matriculation; BS-DNP students have 8 years and MS-DNP and master’s students have 6 years to complete program requirements; and

4. A minimum average of 3.0 for all graduate work

The expectation is that students will maintain continuous enrollment in the graduate nursing program. Students enrolled in 12 week courses must register for fall, spring, and summer semesters until all degree requirements are complete. Students enrolled in 8 week courses will be auto registered, according to their proposed graduation plan upon admission in the program.

MS-DNP students who are advanced practice nurses or nurse executives are required to complete the thirty (30) credit DNP core. The total number of credits to complete the Master of Science with Major in Nursing program varies depending on the chosen program concentration. In this handbook see the individual program descriptions for the specific course credit requirements for each graduate nursing concentration.

It is the responsibility of the graduate student to sign up for a graduation audit no later than ninety days prior to the date of the Commencement Exercise at which the student expects to be graduated. This is done by registering for GRD-000-B (0 credits/ see graduation fee) during the beginning of the final term before graduation. Students should consult with their advisor if they have any questions regarding the process. Transfer credits (approval forms and official transcripts) must be received before each semester's graduation clearance deadline. Students changing their status from non-degree seeking to degree-seeking must do so at least a year prior to graduation.

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Diplomas given during September ceremonies will always be dated as the fourth Saturday in August. There is no commencement ceremony in January, although graduations are still processed for the fall term.

EXPECTATIONS FOR DISTANCE EDUCATION

Distance education is designed as an interactive and collaborative learning environment that requires students to actively and effectively participate in class discussions with respect and understanding for various points of view. Students are expected to participate in distance education classes from the first day of each course. A student unable to meet course requirements for a specific distance education course is expected to notify the instructor as soon as the student is aware of the potential conflict. The student’s grade will reflect incomplete work for the week if communication was not initiated with the faculty member. It is the discretion of the faculty member in each course to determine what concessions would be provided to the students for each unit. Students are expected to:

• Utilize the Wilkes University email system (wilkes.edu) as the primary means of communication for university issues between the student ,faculty, staff and university and the live email in D2L as the primary source for course related communication between the student and faculty. To ensure a quality classroom experience students are expected to check their emails every 24-48 hours and respond to faculty within 72 hours of the initial email. One reminder email will be sent to the student. If the student remains

unresponsive, the Chair, Graduate Nursing Program will be notified due to a violation of the Student Conduct policy outlined in the this handbook. • Assure that computer hardware is setup and required software is installed. • Complete the Wilkes University orientation program for online students. • Notify their advisor and course instructor of any disabilities, or specialized

learning needs as soon as identified.

• Assume a self-motivated, independent, and engaged learning role.

• Actively participate in all online activities, open and read all course content. • Meet course deadlines and place assignments etc. in Dropbox provided. • Have access to the online syllabus and refer to it throughout the course. • Comply with the Wilkes University Academic Integrity Policy at all times. • Respect copyrighted course materials and use them within accepted

guidelines.

• Practices good Netiquette (http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html) throughout each course by demonstrating respect for the personal and

professional growth of oneself and others through verbal and written interactions with peers, faculty, and university staff.

• Demonstrate respect for faculty, peers, and staff regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious, moral, or political beliefs.

• Maintain confidentiality regarding information communicated related to patients, employers, and other students.

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